Seventh-Round Options For DominikApril 24th, 2011
Who’s the prince of the seventh round? Why it’s rockstar general manager Mark Dominik. The Bucs have two seventh-round picks this year, which means Dominik is drooling over two tries to find a future member of the Bucs’ Ring of Honor.
Draft guru/junkie Justin “The Commish” Pawlowski shares his thoughts below on possible gems for the Bucs when the draft winds down on Saturday.
7th Round Picks that would get a “Commish’s High Five”
Cortez Allen – CB – Citadel
6’1’’ – 197 lbs – 4.51
The Bucs brought Allen in for a visit to One Buc Place. Allen has a fantastic combination of size (6’1’’ 200 lbs) and speed (4.51), but he needs good coaching to learn the proper technique for a corner. He is a long corner with long arms to match up with bigger receivers.
Anthony Gaitor – CB – FIU
5’9’’ – 177 lbs – 4.48
The Bucs just recently brought Gaitor in for a visit. He is not very big or strong. However, he has excellent ball skills and reads a quarterback extremely well in coverage. Despite his size, Gaitor is tough as a tackler. Best future is as a “slot” corner and to add depth to a roster.
Mistrall Raymond – CB/S – USF
6’2’’ – 192 lbs – 4.55
I know Raymond hasn’t gotten much run this offseason, but I think he deserves a shot in the NFL. He has the ability to play safety or corner as he played both at USF. Raymond is a former walk-on that busted his ass with fantastic work ethic to become a scholarship player and the Bulls’ shutdown corner in 2010.
Josh Portis – QB – California (PA)
6’3’’ – 211 lbs – 4.61
After beginning his career at Florida and bouncing to Maryland, Portis played the last two seasons at California University in Pennsylvania. He is a big time athlete that can throw the football. He accumulated 69 touchdowns the last three seasons with just 16 interceptions. There are some serious character concerns along with poor mechanics. The Bucs met with Portis a few times this off-season, so they might just be interested.
Ron Parker – S – Newberry College
6’0’’ – 206 lbs – 4.35
I don’t think many people know a lot about Ron Parker, but the Bucs knew enough to add the Division II, 2nd Team All American to the list of guys they worked out. Parker has good size and great speed. Parker is a fantastic tackler from the strong safety position and the type of raw defensive back Raheem Morris can mold.